So last Friday, my laziness was in full force. I had finally settled on gnocchi, but we had no white potatoes, so I decided to go for a sweet potato version. I had a sweet potato just lounging on the countertop, but if I used him (come on, sweet potatoes aren't "its"), then that would require scrubbing him, baking him for at least half an hour, peeling him, and mashing him. It may not sound like that much work, but remember, the lazy part of my brain was turned on. Then, I remembered something.... (this is where the suspense comes in). I had a can of pureed sweet potato in the pantry! I think you can guess where the story goes from here.
The gnocchi dough comes out so soft that it's almost like play dough (who else misses playing with that stuff?)! And that's where the fun comes in. I made mine into cute little balls this time, but I'm already dreaming about what I could do next time... I'm thinking cookie cutters!
The parmesan is optional, as it's just sprinkled on top, but I don't recommend you leave it off unless absolutely necessary.
Serves 2-3 (depending on what it's accompanied with)
- 1 cup brown rice flour (or other flour of choice)
- Sea salt, to taste
- 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato (feel free to use canned! ;)
- 1 egg white
- 1-2 tablespoons butter
- 1 very large clove of garlic (or several smaller ones), pressed
- pinch of dried thyme
- shredded or grated parmesan cheese (for topping)
- Set a pot of water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, combine the flour and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir in the sweet potato and egg white. Continue mixing until thoroughly combined and a soft dough forms.
- Shape the dough into small balls or other fun (fun is key) shapes.
- Drop the gnocchi into the boiling water and boil for about three minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Once melted, stir in the pressed garlic, and cook for another couple of minutes. Be careful not to let the garlic burn..
- Remove from heat and stir in the dried thyme.
- Drizzle the garlic butter the gnocchi and mix it around a bit. Serve with parmesan cheese.